Delegating the Blame

Until the current administration came along, never in American history had so many people claimed to be taking responsibility without taking even the least little bit. Some leaders take pride in knowing how to delegate responsibility. Obama and his crew only know how to delegate blame.

It’s been a while, but surely you recall that when we heard about the Justice Department funneling guns to Mexican drug cartels, Attorney General Eric Holder swore he had no idea who green-lighted Operation Fast & Furious, but he was darn certain it wasn’t him.

When someone in the White House leaked national security secrets intended to make the president look competent in foreign affairs to the NY Times, everyone with an active brain cell was certain the leaker was Barack Obama, but Obama had a hunch it was some tourist from Nebraska who just happened to be passing through the White House before tours were curtailed because of that doggone sequester.

Hillary Clinton said she was taking responsibility for what occurred in Benghazi. That is to say she was responsible for everything, except for denying Ambassador Stevens the additional security he begged for; for removing the little bit of security he had; and for lying about the massacre having been triggered by a YouTube video nobody ever saw. Aside from all that, Mrs. Clinton wanted us to know that about three cents of the buck stopped with her and 97-cents stopped with some underlings she had never even met.

In the case of Obama, after he, David Axelrod and other members of his campaign team got done revising CIA reports about the Benghazi massacre, and handing them off to Susan Rice so she could repeat his lies on five Sunday news shows, Obama gallantly sprang to her defense. When people demanded to know where she got off trying to peddle stale baloney, Obama, pretending to be the stand-up guy he isn’t, told the media that if they had a bone to pick with anyone, they should pick it with him. And as soon as they did, he turned around and told Ambassador Rice that she could forget about becoming Secretary of State.

Jeremiah Wright could have warned her that Obama may throw a baseball like a little girl, but he’s Olympic-class when it comes to tossing people under the bus.

Inasmuch as it made about as much sense for the ambassador to the U.N. to have gone on those various news shows as Lady Gaga, one can only assume that someone decided that Rice was a better liar than Clinton, or at least more expendable. And, frankly, after seeing Clinton’s phony over-the-top performance before the Senate committee, I have to agree. You’d have thought that after all those years spent listening to Bill tell one whopper after another, she’d be better at it.

That brings us to the kerfuffle at the IRS. Typically, as soon as it came out that the tax collectors had been making life extra miserable for conservative groups, the blame was placed on underlings in the Cincinnati office. Like Captain Renault in “Casablanca,” who was shocked to learn that gambling took place in the backroom at Rick’s, Obama claimed he had no idea that those upstarts were creating havoc for his political opponents. It’s even possible he didn’t. Between golf and fund-raising and accusing Republicans of being Satan’s spawn, he can’t know every last thing that people are doing on his behalf.

I’m sure that’s also holds true for Mafia dons. I’m told that they don’t always have to give specific orders; they merely need to have it understood that they’d appreciate having certain things done. And in those places where corruption reigns, whether it’s denying a Tea Party group tax-exempt status or putting an icepick in the ear of a crosstown rival, they’re done.

The upside of all this is that even the members of the major media seem to be getting tired of being played like suckers by this administration. These people don’t mind lying on behalf of a left-wing president. In fact, they accept that it’s part of their job description, not to mention their main purpose in life. But they resent it like hell when they’re the target of a president’s lies and the objects of his obvious contempt.

It may have taken well over four years, but even the folks from the NY Times, the Washington Post and the major TV networks, seem to have finally had enough. In the past, Obama could have gotten away stonewalling the press about an event that saw four American patriots murdered by jihadists, claiming, as is his wont, that he couldn’t possibly comment during an ongoing investigation.

But that was then and this is now. This time, after months of lying about what he knew and when he knew it, when the truth finally started seeping out, thanks to State Department whistleblowers, and Obama tried to dismiss it as old news, the members of the White House press corps were no longer nodding along like a roomful of dashboard dollies.

And those little wet drops on Jay Carney’s brow weren’t sweat. That was blood.

©2013 Burt Prelutsky. Comments? Write

Author Bio:

Burt Prelutsky, a very nice person once you get to know him, has been a humor columnist for the L.A. Times and a movie critic for Los Angeles magazine. As a freelancer, he has written for the New York Times, Washington Times, TV Guide, Modern Maturity, Emmy, Holiday, American Film, and Sports Illustrated. For television, he has written for Dragnet, McMillan & Wife, MASH, Mary Tyler Moore, Rhoda, Bob Newhart, Family Ties, Dr. Quinn and Diagnosis Murder. In addition, he has written a batch of terrific TV movies. View Burt’s IMDB profile. Talk about being well-rounded, he plays tennis and poker... and rarely cheats at either. He lives in the San Fernando Valley, where he takes his marching orders from a wife named Yvonne and a dog named Angel.
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  • wally12

    It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to figure out the type of guy Holder is and whether he could be trusted. I think the first one is when he smooth the way for Mark Rich to get off during Clinton’s term. The next was when he refused to investigate the Black Panthers and voter intimidation. However, the clincher was his response to a question asked by congress as to the definition of a lie. As I recall, he said it was a “state of mind”. That was the final straw. I believe Holder will resign but in a way I want him to stay on in the hope the trail leads to the bigger fish.

  • Joel Wischkaemper

    There are a lot of inconvenient laws on
    the books. In this country, in a democracy, if you are the
    President, you change the law, or you obey the law. Is there a
    better place in the world to change American Law than the Presidency?


    On May 15, before the House Judiciary
    Committee, he {Holder} stated: “With regard to potential prosecution of
    the press for the disclosure of material, that is not something that
    I have ever been involved in, heard of, or would think would be a
    wise policy.” This week, the Justice
    Department admitted to NBC
    News that Mr.
    Holder was involved in “discussions” regarding the
    application for the search warrant used to secretly grab the private
    emails of Fox News reporter James
    Rosen. The warrant application explained the department’s
    intention to prosecute Mr. Rosen, who is ominously described as a “co-conspirator.”

    Since Mr. Holder was under oath when he said he had never heard of such a
    thing, he can add perjury charges to “contempt of Congress” on his list of accomplishments as the nation’s top law-enforcement officer. Rep.
    Bob Goodlatte, Virginia Republican and Judiciary Committee chairman, and F.
    James Sensenbrenner Jr., Wisconsin Republican and head of the
    investigations subcommittee, gave the attorney general until June 5
    to explain himself.

    Was Mr. Obama involved with the behavior of Mr. Holder? Is there more?
    I want that investigated. I do not think that will be investigated.
    At this point in the very complicated knot, it seems very critical to
    suggest to the President that, “It is very important to your
    reputation Mr. President. Lets get ‘er done.” And then investigate.

  • Wheels55

    If Obama had infidelity issues, he would be done as President by now. Being a good and responsible leader as President is no longer a necessity. Being an American Idol is. Our politics have gone down the road of reality TV.

  • JohnInMA

    My gut tells me that if Holder and the DoJ hadn’t gone after the AP in addition to Fox, the media would still be burning midnight oil to mask and cover for the IRS and Benghazi scandals. If it turns out even more liberal outlets were in the cross hairs (I’m hearing scuttlebutt about the NYT, for example) this administration may not have seen the last of the bloodletting.

    • jespasinthru

      The only reason why the Old Media is finally covering all these scandals is because they found themselves in Obama’s crosshairs. After all they did to lie and cover up for him, he betrayed them. Like a jilted lover who realizes that the handsome guy never loved her, and only used her like a cheap whore. And to add insult to injury, their credibility has been damaged beyond repair by their devotion to Obama.

      • JohnInMA

        I’d add this: If Obama could push through another ‘signature’ progressive piece of legislation like the health care law – especially on something key like immigration or ‘stimulus’ – all would be forgiven by what you call the Old Media. Given the make up of Congress, that won’t happen. So the bloodletting will continue.

      • suki33

        My fear is that jilted lovers sometimes ‘forget’ the betrayal and only remember the good times and the potential for more. It will be interesting to see whether the MSM really understand that their betrayal is ‘our’ betrayal, or if they once again become a part of his legacy building team.

        Sound cynical? Yup, I am!

      • Joel Wischkaemper

        “The only reason…” I don’t think so. I think much of the press is downsizing, and the quality of reporters leaves something to be desired in some cases. In other cases in both Television and in printed press, it became a 9 to 5 job, and that youthful press was told to report on what they saw and heard, and abondone hints and rumor to the wind.

        I believe we are dealing with a press that is far, far different than the press of the Richard Nixon days. I look at the publishers, and I wonder if they are for free press, or profit no matter what the cost. And I wonder if the old guys could accept that idea.

  • souvoter

    Excellent, Burt! The truth simply put. America wants and deserves the truth about all these scandals and especially the main ?……Where was Obama when four brave Americans were being slaughtered in Benghazi??????

  • trailbee

    Kudos, as usual. I have come to the conclusion, all by myself, that the troll either was not where he was supposed to be, and can’t tell where, without disillusioning many of his fans, not all; or he was stoned out of his mind, and didn’t dare make a statement the state he was in. Take your pick. Take a bow, Mr. President. Out of the loop, as usual.

  • GlenFS

    I can’t add a thing to this Burt, except, “good one”.

  • Wheels55

    Obama is guilty of one thing for sure – creating a culture within his organizations that allow for all of these missteps (I am being kind using that word), the Teflon face to say “it wasn’t me” and the incredible flexibility in their index fingers to point at others.

    For all of Obama’s supporters, just ask yourself how so many smart people in the White House and in other key positions in our Federal government simply do not know that these things are going on?

    • veeper

      obama supporters don’t care….

      that’s why republicans are having such a hard time…

      they are thinking at least most americans do think and at least care a little……

      nope….the majority don’t think and don’t care….

      • Wheels55

        True. Sad but true.

  • Brian Fr Langley

    In the movie the untouchables Sean Connery was heard to say “it’s the Chicago way” While most folks found this comment amusing, insiders always knew how much corruption had permeated even the tiniest corners of Chicago officialdom. As they say, if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it’s probably a duck.

  • golfmax13

    What a great article – one that wholly confirms that up is down for these guys. Please excuse me while my head explodes — again.